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The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

New Publications

Exporting to RIS
Pratt RB, MacKinnon ED, Venturas MD, Crous CJ, Jacobsen AL. (2015) Root resistance to cavitation is accurately measured using a centrifuge technique. Tree Physiology 10.1093/treephys/tpv003
De Errasti A, De Beer ZW, Rajchenberg M, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2015) Huntiella decorticans sp. nov. (Ceratocystidaceae) associated with dying Nothofagus in Patagonia. Mycologia 10.3852/14-175
Lee DH, Roux J, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Variation in growth rates and aggressiveness of naturally occurring self-fertile and self-sterile isolates of the wilt pathogen Ceratocystis albifundus. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12349
Machingambi NM, Dreyer LL, Oberlander KC, Roux J, Roets F. (2015) Death of endemic Virgilia oroboides trees in South Africa caused by Diaporthe virgiliae sp. nov. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12341
Lombard L, van der Merwe NA, Groenewald JZ, Crous PW. (2015) Generic concepts in Nectriaceae. Studies in Mycology 80:189-245. 10.1016/j.simyco.2014.12.002 PDF

FABI Events

2015-03-05 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Priyen Pillay
Ronel Roberts - 'Candidatus Liberibacter' from indigenous Rutaceae species
Felix Fru - A clonal population of Fusarium circinatum on Pinus greggii trees in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Michel Tchotet - Identification of Ganoderma spp. associated with Acacia cyclops mortality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa
2015-03-06 11h00 Special Seminar FABI seminar room File

Prof. Brett Summerell - Fusarium: defining the genus, species and pathogens

2015-03-12 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Zander Human
Priyen Pillay - Title pending
Melissa Simpson - Title pending
Margot Muller - Title pending
Tintswalo Maluleke - Title pending